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baby surprise jacket

the biggest surprise being that the damn thing is almost done! all it needs is a soak and some buttons. yarn used was not-very-interesting-but stash-busting-something-or-other in a basic medium blue.

evidence of nearly finished product:

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thank god i found a cheat sheet for this online; there is no way i could have/would have been able to follow EZ’s pattern as written. there would have been very bad results (knitting- and mental health-wise). that said, the pattern is hilarious and charming. quite entertaining, really, but really hard to follow. for me anyway. it took me several months to make this (how do people knit this in a week?). lucky for me, the intended recipient is still very tiny and unaware that his welcome gift is waaaay late. once those pretty buttons go on, it’ll be a little less boring…and it’ll also be DONE!

then i can move onto the next gift that i need to finish: the tweedy, sexy, red poncho. which is gorgeous. and way, way, WAY late. (it’s coming, sta, i promise).

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surprise!

ooohhh! lookie what i got in the mail the other day….

yup, the pattern for the famously overknit baby surprise jacket from elizabeth zimmerman (“ez” to those in the knit). i’m going to put my magallanes to use, finally, for this pattern. the babe has been born, he is a he, and i’m far, far behind on a gift. i haven’t even spoken to the mama voip-to-voip yet!

i’m a little intimidated by the pattern, though, i have to say. i love how she writes things down: “See what you are doing? You are decreasing…”, or, “Work will start to look very odd indeed, but trust me and press on.” there’s a lot of that. sweet, personable, human…but i fear things will be hard to keep track of. i plan on writing out the pattern line by line, because, as i have learned in the past, if it ain’t written down, i ain’t gonna knit it. or purl it. or what-have-you. you see what i’m saying.

in other surprise-related news, miss thing is keeping us on our collective toes lately. not that she hasn’t, always. not that all children don’t, usually. but jeez. i can barely catch my breath. like, for the biggest instance, she – quite suddenly – needs one hour less sleep per day. yeah. you parents out there, you feel my pain, right? she already wasn’t the ‘maximum’ type sleeper like the boy is, and now: oy. chicklet is going to sleep at 9-freakin’-thirty. folks. i need to be in bed by 10:30 or i’m toast because she still gets up by 7:15. that’s a short evening indeed. barely time to shower and watch the wire! i don’t think she cares.

also, surprise! school is ending. ahhhh! where did the year go? kindergarten is nearly over. i can barely wrap my brain around that. but the journey…the journey for the boy has been really important. he has come so very far. i (seriously) could not have paid cash money for this year to go any better than it did. i give a lot of credit to his pre-school teacher, last year (melissa). and a lot to his teacher this year, miss pinnie, the rockin’-est kindergartner teacher there ever was. but i also have to give him credit: he has matured so much this year. from the boy who wouldn’t answer to his name during roll call in the morning to the boy who read two books in front of his whole class – and remembered to show the pictures!! he now runs down to the third grade class for reading buddies on fridays. amazing. i am so proud of him.

 

(isn’t that the best class photo ever? i love it so much more than those silly posed ones with the dorky background. they were on the beach at coney island. after they took this pic, they ran a big race across the sand).

anything surprising you these days?

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i’ve got several thoughtful posts in draft form, but jeez, it’s taking me a long time to write them & get them up here. so in the meantime, i thought i’d get a little fast and frivolous. ready?

I WANT…

ok, wait. i have plenty of stuff. but we all want things, right? besides, all of these things aren’t necessarily material anyway.

i want:

  • to lose the last 5. things are going well in this department, thanks to

cheap gym with a ton of machines and very close to my place. i like.

  • to be able to go here for yoga

the integral yoga institute on 13th street. it’s like an hour away by subway so i haven’t been there for-bloody-ever.

  • these babies

el naturalista iggdrasil shoes. my neighborhhood pal heather has some in a leafy green. lurrrve them. not gonna happen anytime soon, though.

  • more space. oh, specifically, a dining room, a third bedroom and some private outdoor space. my, my, a house would be nice. we fantasize about ones like this:

that’s in montclair, nj

or this

in new paltz, ny

here’s the rub tho: not ready to leave la ciudad. not at all. especially not our ‘hood. i love it here.

  • time, baby, time.

time to knit this:

le clapotis by kate gilbert…

or this:

flicca by anna bell. oh my word, so beautiful. i can’t even imagine how long it would take me to make.

and time to bog, for chrissakes!

  • to see my friends! i’ve got so many people who i need to see, whom i haven’t seen in a really long time:

there’s my best pal, lynn, in chicago. she’s got a 2 year old who has cystic fybrosis and i haven’t seen her in two years. there’s my brother and his wife, also in chicago. there’s my good friend, maria, who defected from the ny area and up and moved to louisville, kentucky last summer. traitor. there’s my college boyfriend, lee, in blacksburg, virginia whom i haven’t seen in, oh, i don’t know, 8 years? ridiculous. he’s got 2 kids. and julie, in vermont, who just had her third (yes, friends, THIRD) child this month. gotta go visit them, especially since my son is going to marry her daughter someday. hee!

  • on the last and most frivolous note (yes, even more so than the shoes) i want LOST never to end and to stay brilliant (which it is much of the time…it’s only sucked a few times). it’s probably better that it’s going to finish up next year (or the next? i can’t remember), but i just love the story and the creepiness and the mystery and the secrets of those people’s lives.

plus (and let’s be honest here, ladies), where else can you find that much eye candy in one place? even if there weren’t jack and sawyer and sayid and (my personal fave) desmond (oh, brutha!), i’d be happy to just watch kate for an hour each week.

and what about you, you, you? what do you want?

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not much to report on the knitting front. i do have an FO though:

my so-called hat for my MIL :

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to match the my so-called scarf i made her last year.

stitch pattern close up (love that macro!):

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it’s just a hat, but it feels good to complete something (especially something so quick!). ETA: yarn is malabrigo in continental blue; pattern free from becky at moonfrog.com.

also, people, i need suggestions: i’ve got two hanks of this stupendousness and no idea what to do with it:

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it is magallanes handspun & hand-dyed in an indigo/garnet/tangerine-y combo. it’s gorgeous. 2 hanks is like 400 yards. i do not need a scarf. my husband doesn’t want one (he’s waiting for his socks, ‘member?). there is a friend’s baby to knit for…but would these colors be too weird for a baby item? what about the baby surprise jacket? it could be quite stunning….also, baby’s sex is yet unknown,and this would really work for either a boy or a girl. thoughts?

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knitting content!

yeah, baby, a little fiber for your viewing pleasure. this is not a knitting blog, but it is a me blog, and i knit, so there you go. for some real good knit blogs, see my sidebar under yarn.

some finished and almost-finished works:

my so-called scarf, made for my mother-in-law. i owe her a matching hat, but my yarn seems to be on serious back order at Webs. Malabrigo in Continental Blue. yum.

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my so-called scarf, por moi. Catalina baby alpaca in Coral Melange. I LOVE THIS YARN. softy soft soft and gorgeous color. totally edible.

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sophie purse, pre-felted. not for lack of trying. first felting attempt ended in well, no felting. five pairs of jeans in with this baby (which was in a pillowcase), and nada. zip. zilch. zero. i’m skipping the pillowcase next time & just using a lingerie bag. it should be noted that i am using a front-loader as i love in an apt building. yarn: Malabrigo in Brownberries. (yes, i like me some Malabrigo).

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caloriemetry. Art Yarns supermerino in a pinky-brownie-creamy colorway. next time: bigger yarn, bigger needles and fewer repeats. great idea tho.

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swing thing, via MagKnits. a total beast. this has taken me forever and it still needs buttons. but so cute! now i’ve just got to get miss thing to wear it.

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so there you have it. several things are also on the needles: poncho for a friend in red debbie bliss donegal tweed (it’s coming, sta, i promise!); poncho for miss thing in a berroco yarn that i can’t remember right now, in gorgeous blues/purples/sea greens; and my first socks (terror!), for the T-man. for all you knit-heads, all the above patterns are on ravelry or just google them!

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